Welcome to Painting for Preservation!

Welcome to Painting for Preservation! This initiative, founded by artist Sara M. Zak, is aimed at drawing attention to distressed, at-risk, and under-utilized historic locations through on site art making.

Mission: To bring together artists of all media in support of historic distressed properties and communities. To create artwork on-site related to the location as a means of raising positive awareness of the space.

My hope is that we can continue this effort in Buffalo and expand the concept to other architecturally rich cities. Please e-mail Sara M. Zak if you are interested in starting a Painting for Preservation initiative in your city at info@paintingforpreservation.org

Our goals:

1. Raise awareness of at-risk, distressed and under-utilized locations and their neighborhoods

2. Create a record of historically rich locations through art

3. Create a community of artists invested in the urban landscape

4. Bring exposure and provide assistance to artists interested in documenting at-risk historic neighborhoods while also collaborating with members of those same neighborhoods.

5. Involve communities in sharing their stories of local historic architectural and their neighborhoods.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Art-In at Wilkeson House in Peace Bridge Demo Area On March 31st

The first Art-In of 2012 is at the Colonel Wilkeson house at 771 Busti Avenue on Saturday, March 31 from 9:30am to 1pm.

RSVP on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/257426147677667/.

Make art on-site at the locally landmarked Wilkeson House at 771 Busti Avenue in the Prospect Hill neighborhood near the Peace Bridge. Demolition of the building by the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority (PBA), in defiance of its landmark status, is imminent.... All seven homes on Busti owned by the PBA since 1995, including the 1863 Col. S. H. Wilkeson house, will be demolished for an expanded truck plaza, and adjacent 12 acre Duty Free Store.

The Columbus Park neighborhood inside of the Prospect Hill Historic District, has been fighting for 23 years to hold the line because 4,000 diesel trucks a day already pass by their homes. Environmental and health concerns impacting more than 22,000 West Side residents have been linked directly to the toxins in diesel exhaust.

The PBA doesn’t deny polluting the air but uses their bi-national status to protect themselves against most levels of government accountability. Without accountability, the PBA continues to wreck lives and neighborhoods.

The PBA is tax exempt so it internalizes all the revenue it generates. But tax-payers will fund their expanded facilities including the new Duty Free Store while Prospect Hill pays with the market value of their homes, their quality of life and their health.

More about the demolition plans: http://www.buffalorising.com/2012/03/pbas-busti-properties-move-em-or-theyll-remove-em.html. Connect with the neighborhood: https://www.facebook.com/homesnearthepeacebridge and http://www.movetheplaza.com/currentmap.html. See a great documentary here: http://vimeo.com/34624466.

By coming to this event you will join artists and preservationists to support a strong-minded community in their right to shape their own space.

Artists of all media and skill are welcome, as are onlookers and others who want to share their stories of the space. We regularly have sketchers, painters, photographers and print-makers. Please bring your own materials or just come to watch the artists and enjoy the building.

Painting for Preservation gathers at distressed and endangered historic places to bring creative attention and admiration to them. For more information, see; http://www.paintingforpreservation.org/ or contact Sara at info@paintingforpreservation.org.

Art contains within it the possibility to change perceptions. With Painting for Preservation, the art is both the collaboration and onsite presence of voices at an endangered location along with the creation of individual artworks inspired by the experience. Painting for Preservation works in collaboration with many local organizations and grassroots efforts to stop needless demolitions, demo-by-neglect, and promote preservation.

We support the Columbus Park/Prospect Hill Neighborhood and the Buffalo West Side Environmental Defense Fund, and all their activists/volunteers/supporters.

Learn more about the Peace Bridge neighborhood here from the following short documentary created with assistance from Squeaky Wheel.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Statler Exhibit Photos from Long Ago

I realize that this show is long over, but I wanted to post a few pictures.  I really appreciate all the artists that participated in this show, the donations to make it possible, the Statler, and Preservation Buffalo Niagara.  The show was quite successful with hundreds of interested conference goers appreciating both the art and the buildings depicted and then at a second large local opening hosted with Preservation Buffalo Niagara.